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Litton completes TASC buy

Litton Industries Inc. has completed its $432 million acquisition of TASC Inc. from Primark Corp. following approval of the transaction by Primark shareholders, Litton said last week.

Litton announced the acquisition of the Reading, Mass.-based company in December, boosting its Information Systems Group by 2,600 employees and complementing its purchase two years ago of systems integrator PRC Inc. Litton will operate TASC as a stand-alone unit within the Information Systems Group, Litton said.

TASC, which last year had revenue of $440 million, has won contracts to provide systems engineering to the national intelligence sector, the Defense Department and commercial customers, and the size of the awards it has won recently has grown.

SMAC nabs PC leasing contract

SMAC Data Systems has been awarded a three-year, $2.5 million contract to lease desktop computers to the Navy's Military Sealift Command worldwide.

The Gaithersburg, Md.-based computer manufacturer will provide 1,405 PCs to the main Military Sealift Command on-shore installations, including offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Guam and Japan.

The computers are equipped with Pentium II 266 MHz processors and 64M of RAM, said Ken Kerttula, director of infrastructure for the Military Sealift Command, which provides all ocean transportation for the Defense Department.

This is the first PC leasing deal signed by the Military Sealift Command, which will decide whether to lease other computer equipment based on the success of the SMAC lease program, Kerttula said.


Security Dynamics acquires security company

Security Dynamics Technologies Inc. announced March 26 that it has signed an agreement to acquire Intrusion Detection Inc. in a deal valued at $32.5 million.

IDI, a New York-based publisher of network security software tools, counts the State Department, NASA, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Internal Revenue Service among its customers.

Security Dynamics, which also owns RSA Data Security, has integrated two IDI products— Kane Security Analyst and Kane Security Monitor— into its SecurSight family of plug-in enterprise security solutions, which are designed to provide users with secure access to information wherever it resides in an enterprise.


Tracor wins Courts' services follow-on contract

Tracor Enterprise Solutions Inc. last month won a 10-year, $136 million follow-on contract to supply support services to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Under the Bankruptcy Noticing Center contract, Tracor will collect bankruptcy case data from more than 80 court districts across the United States and convert that data into a standard electronic format for use by the courts. At its busiest, Tracor processes more than 484,000 notices in one day at its Bankruptcy Noticing Center in Reston, Va., the company said.


Spyrus offers Fortezza-based remote access

Kasten Chase Applied Research Ltd. last week announced a joint sales and marketing agreement with Spyrus to provide cryptographic technology as part of the first PC Card Fortezza-based secure remote-access products offered to federal agencies.

Under the agreement, San Jose, Calif.-based Spyrus has developed a Fortezza-enabled version of its Locksmith software application and its Lynks Privacy Card for use with Toronto-based Kasten Chase's remote-access products. Kasten Chase will ship secure

remote-access products that include the Spyrus family of hardware and software products.

Spyrus has developed a customized Fortezza-based version of its Locksmith media encryption software for use with Kasten Chase's Optiva Secure Plus.

Locksmith is designed to provide an additional layer of security features to remote-access applications by combining a personal identification number with the Spyrus PC Card-compliant Lynks Privacy Card.


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